Billy Crystal’s “I Already Know I Love You”

Yizkor Thoughts September 25, 2004   Many of you know that humor happens to be a special interest of mine.   The very first time I discovered I could do impressions was when I was watching a commercial for Nelson Rockefeller, the governor of New York, who was running for President in 1968. I will …

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My Advice to My Child as He Enters the Working World

Yom Kippur September 25, 2004   Several years ago I stood before you on the High Holidays and delivered a sermon entitled “My message to my oldest son, as he was about to leave for college, my youngest son, who was about to start first grade, and to myself.” The sermon dealt with what I …

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Israel: The Power of Courage and Conviction

Kol Nidre September 24, 2004   It has become my custom on Yom Kippur to address significant issues of importance to the Jewish people or to assess developments and mega-trends in the Jewish world. It is appropriate on this day when we gather together as a community to consider these matters as they pertain to …

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What Madonna and Others Can Teach Us: It’s Good to be Jewish!

Rosh Hashanah September 17, 2004   An earlier generation looked at the burden of being Jewish, and shried gevalt. “Shver zu zain a yid:  It’s hard to be a Jew” was their rallying cry, and a comment frequently expressed.  So hard, in fact, that many opted out once the Emancipation occurred in the 19th century, …

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Shabbat: Day of Delight: Just Do It

Rosh Hashanah Septembers 16, 2004   We are the connected, always “on”, 24-7 generation. We expect to be able to find a convenience store open any hour of the night.  (After all, isn’t that why they call them convenience stores?!)  We are always online, and in touch.  Instant messaging, e-mail, faxes, blueberries, (or is it …

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Thoughts for Erev Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana Evening September 15, 2004   Tonight we gather together at the beginning of the Aseret Y’mei Teshuvah, Ten Days of Repentance to usher in these holy days.  What makes them so special and how is it that they come to be so infused with a sense of holiness and awe?   I think …

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